MAN CONVICTED OF CHILD SEX OFFENSE ARRESTED AT MOUNTAIN STATE FAIR
September 9, 2019
Elizabeth Anne Brown
ASHEVILLE — A man convicted of a child sex offense was arrested for trespassing at the North Carolina Mountain State Fair on Sept. 7, according to police records.
James Allen Rice, Jr., 38, of Leicester has been charged with felony sex offender on child premises, warrants say.
Rice was convicted of taking indecent liberties with a minor in 2001, according to the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry. Rice was 20 at the time of the offense, and the victim was under 15.
Since 2001, Rice has been charged with additional felonies for failing to register as a sex offender in 2004 and 2007, according to records available through the North Carolina Department of Public Safety. He is also a habitual felon.
Under North Carolina G.S. 14-208.18, certain registered sex offenders are prohibited from locations children frequent, such as schools, nurseries, playgrounds and children's museums.
Rice was released from the Buncombe County Jail on an unsecured bond of $10,000. He was scheduled to appear in court the morning of Sept. 9.
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